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How to choose the right psychologist for you?

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We know that taking care of your mental wellbeing isn’t always your first priority. It’s the kind of task many of us prefer to avoid, hoping our feelings and thoughts will go away on their own. Or we’re not sure where to begin when it comes to finding the right person to help us.

Choosing the right practice and the right psychologist will depend on your individual needs. You may want to find one practitioner, or work with multiple people to address different aspects of your health.

Trust and credibility is critical

Therapy and counselling offered by Lives Lived Well Specialist Centre is delivered by registered and clinical psychologists—highly qualified mental health professionals that use evidence-based approaches.

Our practice is run by one of Queensland’s leading non-profits in the space of counselling and drug rehabilitation. We are well-established and community-focused, with a long-term commitment to supporting people experiencing problems.

We offer all patients understanding, compassion and a non-judgemental environment in which to explore and address a wide variety of health concerns. Our practitioners are warm and welcoming, they start by listening to you.

Real-life advice from SANE Australia

When SANE asked their Facebook community for real-life tips on how to choose a psychologist, this is what users suggested:

  • Start by working with a solid, reliable GP who understands mental health
  • Book a longer GP consultation and get your initial mental health assessment and treatment plan right from the beginning
  • Give it time—your first few sessions may be challenging as you become more used to opening up, and going forward it can be hard work (but it works)
  • You and your psychologist should develop and refine your strategy together, so you have ownership
  • Research, read reviews and bios, and find psychologists that have experience with your condition or symptoms
  • Don’t be afraid to change and try a different therapist if your gut says it’s not a good fit
  • It helps if your psychologist has a good sense of humour.

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Frequently asked questionsSWIPE / CLICK LEFT OR RIGHT FOR MORE

  • Do you offer bulk-billing?

    Some of our practitioners offer bulk-billing for concession card holders only. 

    If you require bulk-billing:

    • Ask for a practitioner that offers bulk-billing when you make an appointment
    • Remember to bring your concession card with you to your appointment.
  • What kind of services do you provide?

    We can help you with general health check-ups, treatment for mental health conditions and therapy that helps individuals, couples and families improve relationships, confidence and live life well. Click below to learn more about the services we offer.

  • What is the history of the LLW Health Centre?

    Our practice was originally established to support Lives Lived Well’s Mirikai Recovery Centre—a live-in rehabilitation service for people experiencing problems with addiction and mental health. Click the button below to read more about our history.

  • Can I claim Medicare rebates for counselling?

    We can help to determine your eligibility for government programs such as the Better Access initiative, or Psychological Services Program (formerly known as ATAPs), which enables people to receive medicare rebates for a certain number of sessions with a mental health professional. Click below to learn more about claiming Medicare rebates.

  • What are my payment options?

    Payment is required at the time of your appointment. You can pay using credit/debit, and electronic transfer (via EFTPOS). We are a mixed payment practice: practitioners charge for their services, however some also offer bulk-billed services for concession card holders. You may be eligible for Medicare and Private Health Insurance rebates, click below to learn more.